Class Calendar and Registration

GCOC holds classes year round, with a break in late December for the holidays. Most classes are scheduled on weeknights, but occasionally daytime and weekend classes are offered.

Our classes are all taught by volunteer instructors who give generously of their time and energy. 

Registration online and payment in advance is required to attend any class.





Upcoming events

    • 11 May 2017
    • 17 Aug 2017
    • 8 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road

    Columbia  Kennel Club Conformation Class

    Big & Small Ring

     

    Columbia Kennel Club has taken a break and will resume classes on July 13th with classes to follow on July 20th, July 27th, August 10th, and August 17th. 


    Contact Janice Nepita via email for more information about this class.  JaniceNepita@aol.com

     

    GCOC Does not handle the organization, instruction or registration for this class.  Contact Janice Nepita for questions and registration.

     

     

     

       

     

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1

    Basic Skills - Morning

     

    Basic Skills is designed for dogs 6 months and older. This class will cover getting the dog’s attention, impulse control exercises such as wait and leave it, relaxing calmly around other dogs & people, and confidence with new experiences. Handlers will learn how to teach their dog controlled walking on a leash; sit, down, come and stay commands using the positive training techniques demonstrated in class.  The primary goal of this class will be to develop a happy, well-mannered family companion and create a positive relationship between the handler and dog.


    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process.  GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.


    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor: Renee Graham/Joanne McDonald/Gayle Mitchiner

    General Registration $110.

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 17 Jul 2017
    • 21 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Rd.
    • 1

    Puppy Kindergarten - Evening

     

    Puppy Kindergarten is designed for dogs 12 weeks to 6 months of age. This class will cover: gaining the puppy’s attention, impulse control for puppies, learning to relax around other dogs & people, basic commands, leash manners, and puppy safety issues. In addition to basic skills, confidence and manageability with new experiences will also be introduced. Other topics as appropriate will also be covered. The primary emphasis of this class will be to develop a positive relationship between the puppy and family members.

     

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process.  GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded. 

     

    You will need to bring your puppy's vaccine records.

     

    Prerequisite: None
    Length: 6 weeks

     

    Instructors: Gayle Mitchiner/Mitch Mitchiner/

     

    General Registration: $110.00

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 18 Jul 2017
    • 22 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 2

    Rally Novice/Intermediate Class

       

    This class is designed to teach the skills required to appropriately perform individual signs. Each week will focus on different signs, building on the skills from the previous week's signs.  The Rally Novice & Intermediate signs, some more difficult than others, will be worked on in this class.  The amount of time you are willing to practice in-between classes will influence how many signs we can cover during the six week course. The last class will have a course designed with the signs covered during the class.

    Please bring plenty of treats, a toy, and a crate. When you dog is not working you will be watching the dogs in the ring, learning and sharing ideas.

    This class is designed to take multiple times. 


     

    General registration: $110.00

     

    Instructor: Jaye Pearce

     

    If you have any questions, contact Renee Graham, 803-960-5541.   

     

     

     

     

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3

    Intermediate Skills - Evening

     

    Intermediate Skills is designed for dogs and handlers who have successfully completed Basic Skills class, or the equivalent. This class will work on deepening and polishing the skills learned at the Basic level, including loose leash walking, attention/focus, impulse control, recalls, stays, and other skills.  


    The primary goal of this class will be to continue developing a happy, well-mannered family companion with emphasis on becoming a good canine citizen of the community.


    Prerequisite: Basic Skills or equivalent skills with the permission of the instructor.  

     

    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training, which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog.  Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process.  GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.


    Instructor: Robbie Black/Pam Nachal

    General Registration $110.00

    Length: 6 weeks

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 19 Jul 2017
    • 23 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 1

    Basic Skills - Evening

     

    Basic Skills is designed for dogs 6 months and older. This class will cover getting the dog’s attention, impulse control exercises such as wait and leave it, relaxing calmly around other dogs & people, and confidence with new experiences. Handlers will learn how to teach their dog controlled walking on a leash; sit, down, come and stay commands using the positive training techniques demonstrated in class.  The primary goal of this class will be to develop a happy, well-mannered family companion and create a positive relationship between the handler and dog.


    The mission of GCOC is to teach the handler successful methods of training which will result in a lifelong bond with their dog. Our goal is to provide a safe environment that will encourage this learning process. GCOC does reserve the right to excuse any dog who is disruptive or whose learning threshold has been exceeded.

     

    Prerequisite: none

    Length: 6 weeks

    Instructor:  Diane Sanderson/Renee Graham

    General Registration $110.

     

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel or reschedule classes.

    • 24 Jul 2017
    • 28 Aug 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Building 947 S. Stadium Drive, Columbia, SC
    • 3

    Agility Foundations - 1 At Training Building


    This class meets at the GCOC Training Building at 947 S. Stadium Dr., Columbia, SC on Monday  nights. This class emphasizes all component skills needed in agility; self control, motivation, balance/coordination, and handling. Dogs and handlers will learn a foundation of safety and skills which will enable them to continue to more advanced agility training if they wish. This class is geared towards dogs who have no prior experience with agility training.  We will introduce you and your dog to agility in a positive, safe manner. This course  includes foundation skills necessary prior to learning  obstacles.  Dogs taking this class must be able to sit, stay, and come on one command.

    Minimum Age of Dog:  8 months by the day you register.

    Prerequisite:  To be eligible for this class dogs must  have taken Basic skills class and intermediate class    Or  be evaluated by the instructor or agility training director using the exercises from the Canine Good Citizen's Test. 

     

    Instructors: Diana Kraus

     

    Non-Members: $110.00


    Prerequisite: Passing Canine Good Citizen's Test  not required but recommended. Basic Skills class and Intermediate class. 

    Please pay on-line. 

    Length: 6 weeks.

    • 01 Aug 2017
    • 29 Aug 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Building 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 8

    Building Blocks - Morning

    4 week session

     

    Our  building blocks course has evolved into facilitated practice sessions  along with a healthy dose of problem-solving for you and your canine partner.  The focus is still on critical, multi purpose foundation skills that we use to build components of obedience competition exercises.  We want to make the exercises fun but effective.  We'll work on putting behaviors on cue, stringing them together and proofing them for the ring.

    It doesn't matter where you are now, this class will help you develop a plan to take you wherever you want to go.

     

    Instructor: Peggy Langdon

     

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.

    • 11 Sep 2017
    • 16 Oct 2017
    • 6 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility; 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 7

    Rally Advanced/Excellent Class

     

    This six week class will include the rally advanced/excellent signs and the skills that are needed for these signs.  Handlers will practice the exercises and perform short sequences with the signs.  Rally rules and ring strategy will be discussed.  Although it is not necessary when entering the class, handlers should be comfortable with their dog off leash.  The class is designed to be taken multiple times to assist you in preparation for competing at the Advanced/Excellent level. 

     

    General registration: $110.00

     

    Instructor: Susanne Butterfield

     

    If you have any questions, contact Renee Graham, 803-960-5541.   

     

     

     

     

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 04 Oct 2017
    • 4 sessions
    • GCOC Training Facility 947 S. Stadium Road
    • 3

    Shy Dog Class

     

    This four-week class will help you understand how to recognize signs of shy or fearful behavior, and learn management techniques to help your shy or fearful dog.  Whether it is a fear of people or environments, the goal of this class is to teach you how to make a difference in your shy/fearful dog’s life and help him feel more confident and relaxed. This is not a traditional obedience class, but we will review some cues.  There is a large component of lecture in each session.

    This class is not an appropriate venue for dogs who behave aggressively towards people or other dogs, or who bark continually.

    The class will be taught by Phyllis Beasley, CPDT-KA, who is the proud owner of a sweet, but timid Shetland Sheepdog, Sky!

    General Registration :  $75.00

    No prerequisites required

    GCOC reserves the right to cancel classes.



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